Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.
“We would walk along the street, and were suddenly in a holy place.”
Spring break is over. Many of you are gearing up for finals and year-end projects, and may be wondering if you got enough rest over the break. OCF students like Daniel are exhausted but they have had life changing experiences to carry them through these final weeks of classes.
Daniel, a junior at the University of Pittsburgh, is studying psychology, history, religious studies, and Arabic, and serves as the Secretary for the Pitt/CMU OCF chapter. This Spring Break he travelled to Jerusalem as part of OCF’s Real Break ministry.
“Built on a foundation of fellowship, education, worship, and service, Real Break provides students the opportunity to understand the true meaning of seeing Christ in the other – traveling to all parts of the world deepening their faith, serving those in need, and cultivating relationships with like-minded peers.”
Real Break opportunities included:
• Constantinople: February 26 – March 5, 2016
• Romania: March 4-12, 2016
• Jerusalem: March 4-12, 2016
• New Orleans: March 7-12, 2016
• Alaska: March 12-19, 2016
• Cleveland: March 14-18, 2016
• Guatemala: March 19-26, 2016
• Thessaloniki: March 18-26, 2016
Here’s an excerpt of Daniel’s experience.
I have celebrated the liturgy at the Holy Sepulchre, seen the light atop Mt. Tabor, been immersed in the Jordan River, and drank from spring where the Archangel Gabriel announced to the Theotokos the incarnation of the Savior of all creation. And yet, when I went to Holy Trinity in Stroudsburg, I stepped into a river of fire and was lifted up to the heavens. It was one of the most sublime liturgies I have ever attended. The people there, none of whom had ever been to the Holy Land, beheld the Lord with their own eyes upon the altar table, and reverently bent to meet Him who lifts us all up.
Click here to read Daniel’s full reflection.
It’s too late to join Real Break 2016 this year, but plans are already in the works for 2017. More information will be available in September/October at the start of the new school year. Keep an eye out for these great opportunities.
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